Waste can be a byproduct of industrial processes - or an item can become waste after it's been consumed.
Waste - be it plastic, micro-plastic, radioactive, or otherwise toxic - can cause major environmental problems. DW presents an automatic compilation of content around the topic of waste.
Germany has made an international reputation for environmentalism, from separating trash to the Energiewende - the transition from nuclear and coal toward renewable power sources. The village of Jühnde sees itself as pioneering in this regard - it's the first bio energy village in the country.
Ocean currents deposit thousands of discarded flip-flops among the litter on Kenya's coastline, where these popular and cheap shoes threaten marine life and ecosystems. But now, an innovative project is making good use of this waste - and in doing so, is helping clean up Kenya's coastline.
The Galapagos Islands are famed as a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna. More than 4,500 species that live nowhere else on the planet have already been discovered there. The islands are also a top destination for modern-day tourists. But this unique biodiversity is under threat from overfishing, an increase in garbage and alien species introduced by visiting humans.